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5 Films 5 Years Volume #2: Murder on the Emerald Seas – Vinegar Syndrome (BluRay) 
Written by: on January 29th, 2018


Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1974
Director: Alan Ormsby
Writer: Alan Ormsby, Carolyn Wise
Cast: Kaye Stevens, Gay Perkins, Roberts Blossom, Frank Logan, Robert Perault, Paul Cronin, Dick Sterling, Judy LaScala, John DeSanti, Lee Sandman, Jeff Gillen, Jennifer Michalover

BluRay released: January 1st, 2018
Approximate running times: 99 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: NR
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $39.98


Synopsis: For the past three years, a psychopath has murdered the winner of a beauty pageant. Unable to get any closer to uncovering the indemnity of the killer. Law enforcement have one of their male officers go undercover as one of the women participating in the pageant.

Murder on the Emerald Seas was co-written and directed by Alan Ormsby, whose only other credits as a director include, Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile and Popcorn (he would be fired from Popcorn before its completion). His notable credits as a screenwriter include, Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things, Deathdream, My Bodyguard and Cat People.

Key collaborators on Murder on the Emerald Seas include, cinematographer Jack McGowan (The Intruder, Mardi Gras Massacre) and editor Julio C. Chávez (Stanley, Impulse). Murder on the Emerald Seas is also known under the alternate title The Great Masquerade.

To put it bluntly, this is a film that suffers from an identity crisis. Though the premise and only setup leads one to believe that this might be a horror film. The end result is a film that plays everything strictly for laughs.

As mentioned before, this film relies heavily on humor. And yet, the humor in this film, often misses the mark. With the most humorous moment being the scene, where a drag queen trains the detective in his research to become a woman.

The BluRay:

To celebrate their fifth anniversary, Vinegar Syndrome are releasing limited edition 2-disc Blu-ray collections, that have five films that they had previously released only on DVD.

The five films are spread over two 50 GB dual layer Blu-ray’s. All of the films are presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen and all of the film’s have been scanned and restored in 2k from various film elements.

Colors and flesh tones look accurate, details look crisp and grain remains intact. Though the majority of the film is in very good shape. It should be noted there are a few instances where print related damage flares up. Most notably during the opening scene and scenes that occur around the thirty-minute mark and thirty-seven-minute mark.

The audio mix sounds, clear and balanced throughout. And English SDH subtitles have been included for this film.

Disc A (44.1 GB), contains the following films, The Muthers and Murder on the Emerald Seas.

Disc B (44.6 GB), contains the following films, The Dungeon of Harrow, The Hangup and Flesh and Bullets.

Overall another solid release from Vinegar Syndrome, highly recommended.

Note: This set is limited to 2,500 units.


Here is an example of the aforementioned print related damage.

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